The co-founders first came together in November 2020, when they took part in the Provost’s Innovation Challenge in Trinity College Dublin with the theme of “Sustainable Cities and Communities”. Upon discovering that 10 million tonnes of furniture is discarded annually in the EU, they saw the potential in catalysing the circular furniture economy. When they began engaging with the furniture upcycling community, they learned that 7 out of 8 upcyclers want to pursue upcycling full-time but find it difficult to scale their business.
The combination of these social and environmental problems have impassioned the team to develop the ReFunk platform to what it is today, and built an incredible team and community with the shared mission of fueling the circular and gig economies in the furniture sector
CRNI supports its members and works to mainstream reuse thanks to core funding provided by the EPA under the Circular Economy Programme.
For more information about the programme see here.
CRNI’s Green + Social Virtual Trade Fair is funded by Ireland’s Regional Waste Management Plan Offices. This innovative virtual platform is open 24/7 and gives visitors the opportunity to explore green and social procurement opportunities provided by reuse, repair and recycling social enterprises and community-based organisations across Ireland.
Access the Green + Social Virtual Trade Fair here.